Clinton urges Security Council to act on Syria

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that the UN Security Council “must act” on Syria to end President Bashar al-Assad’s “violent and brutal attacks” against demonstrators.

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. (File photo from LA Times)

Amid Russian opposition to a tough resolution on Syria, Clinton said that she would travel to the United Nations on Tuesday to “send a clear message of support to the Syrian people: we stand with you.”

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the escalation of the Syrian regime’s violent and brutal attacks on its own people,” Clinton said in a statement.

“The Security Council must act and make clear to the Syrian regime that the world community views its actions as a threat to peace and security. The violence must end, so that a new period of democratic transition can begin,” she said.

“The longer the Assad regime continues its attacks on the Syrian people and stands in the way of a peaceful transition, the greater the concern that instability will escalate and spill over throughout the region,” she said.

Clinton will join other top officials including French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi at Tuesday’s Security Council meeting, which comes as violence flares in Syria.

But Russia, a main military supplier to Syria, has said that it will use its veto against a draft Security Council resolution, pointing to language against arms deliveries.

More than 5,400 people have died in Syria, including 80 on Sunday alone, as Assad cracks down on protests that followed a wave of uprisings in the Arab world that overthrew authoritarian leaders in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia

Source: AFP

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